Just like how last week, the highlight was easily Snart’s motivations to prevent his father from going down a dark path, this week on Legends the emotional core of the episode relied on Snart and his split nature.
Legends has always been good at spectacle, containing a myriad of setpieces within each episode inbetween the moments of character development, and often intertwining the two. Similar to the second episode opening with the criminal weapons sale and climaxing in the shootout at Savage’s manor, this one opened with a burglary at the Pentagon before moving deep into the USSR of 1986. As a Cold War junkie, this was a fantastic choice of setting.
The death of Carter seems to be having more repercussions, as it has pushed Kendra to develop a warrior’s ferocity when she enters Hawkgirl-mode akin to Sara’s bloodlust. Pairing the two together to train and learn to control the inner beast within the both of them was a good fit, even if everyone in the show seemed to think it was a terrible idea. Truthfully it was the best combination in theory, and Rip made the right call. The chemistry between the two actresses wasn’t 100% there. Kendra treating Sara as if she trained “half her life to be an assassin” seems like a bit of misinformation, considering that with the timeline, Sara would have started her League of Assassins training somewhere around six years prior. Granted, that is far more than Kendra’s three months, but it hardly makes her the time tested assassin she was made out to be.
Usually Rip’s struggle lies in making do with the ragtag team of misfits and Rogues he has assembled to play the part of Legends, but here it was more in dealing with the consequences of taking their fate. With Time Master Druce arriving to apparently offer Rip a deal to stop his crusade and get away scot-free. Naturally the offer is too good to be true, as Rory points out. Having the death of Carter and the injury to Jax following the Chronos fight, the weight of having all these peoples lives at stake is clearly weighing on him. He clearly never truly intended to take up Druce’s deal, having brought Firestorm and Heat Wave with him to aid in combat, but showing how he truly considered it demonstrates just how far it has gone already.
This conflict fit well with the growing rift between Jax and Stein, with Jax disobeying Stein’s dictator-style commands in favor of throwing himself into danger. Yes, it was a stupid move, and yes, Stein has a point that he’s just being a stupid kid, but tearing into him and hurting him was a bit much. Thankfully this is subverted in that Stein knew he was being too harsh. He knew he was the bad guy, however his guilt in losing Ronnie from the Singularity in Central City is holding him back from letting the other half of Firestorm make those kinds of executive decisions. He knows that not only is both of their lives at stake if any true harm were to come to them, but that if only Jax were to be lost, not only would he perish, but he would also have to deal with survivor’s guilt for the rest of his short life.
As mentioned though, Snart was the highlight once more. Being such a strong character who stole the show in nearly every appearance on The Flash, it’s fitting that he rises to the top of the Legends. His slick charm in getting to the scientist lady where Ray bumbled, and then having to make the tough calls at the research facility to try and save her life as Ray said, and THEN whether to retrieve the Firestorm core or save Rory? Being the character with the most moral depth is the perfect choice to throw the hard decisions on, and it truly paid off.
This looks to be the first of a two-part episode, which seems to work well for the show so far in that this is essentially the second one. A good cliffhanger keeps the momentum building, especially in a series with a short run. Hopefully the upcoming switch in setting from past to the future follows a similar trend in creating just as compelling a contained plotline for our Legends.
For my review of last week’s episode, “Blood Ties,” click here.